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On News 7 at 5, George Bush wins two battles today, but he loses the big case in Florida's Supreme Court.
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also a manhunt ends in gunfire in Rockbridge County. [Weather-Head]
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Some areas hit 50 degrees this afternoon... but the weekend's a different story...I'll have your forecast coming up....

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Also today, there have been more layoffs in Martinsville,
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and we'll look back on the life of John Lennon, 20 years after his murder in New York.
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The Florida Supreme Court rules in Al Gores favor- ordering manual recounts to begin.
Earlier today two other judges- ruled in favor of George Bush- so this election is still far from over.
Drew Levinson is in Tallahassee- and joins us live with details.
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(( AL GORE SCORED A DRAMATIC VICTORY TODAY, WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE FLORIDA SUPREME COURT HAS UPHELD HIS DESIRE FOR A RECOUNT OF THOUSANDS OF VOTES. CRAIG WATERS, FL SUPREME COURT SPOKESMAN: THE RULING MEANS THE RECOUNT OF VOTES IN SEVERAL FLORIDA COUNTIES IS TO BEGIN IMMEDIATELY. IT MEANS THAT GORE HAS A REAL CHANCE OF ACTUALLY WINNING FLORIDA AND THUS THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE. AND IT SETS UP WHAT COULD BE AN UGLY BATTLE OVER FLORIDA'S 25 ELECTORS, WHICH SO FAR BELONG TO GEORGE W. BUSH. REP. TOM FEENY, (R)FL HOUSE SPEAKER:
TO THAT END, THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TODAY BEGAN THE PROCESS OF SELECTING A SLATE OF BUSH ELECTORS, IN THE EVENT BUSH LOSES THE FINAL COURT BATTLES. IF AL GORE ULTIMATELY WINS FLORIDA AFTER THE RECOUNTS, IT COULD MEAN CONFLICTING SETS OF ELECTORS, A CONFLICT THAT THE U.S. CONGRESS WOULD ULTIMATELY HAVE TO RESOLVE, A PROCESS THAT COULD TAKE WEEKS MORE.))

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A manhunt in Rockbridge County ends with gunfire this afternoon. A suspect who had eluded authorities for several hours was apparently killed in the exchange.
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Joe Dashiell is at the Rockbridge County sheriff's department this evening with more on the incident.
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Fire heavily damaged a home in Lynchburg this afternoon.
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Neighbors spotted flames coming from this home on Sheffield Drive around 12:30.
They helped an elderly couple that lived there get out of the house safely.
It took firefighters about fifteen minutes to bring the blaze under control.
Authorities say the fire started in a deep fryer in a side porch of the home, and quickly spread to the rest of the building.
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More textile jobs are dissapearing in the Martinsville area.
V-F Imagewear is cutting 186 jobs.
About half of the people lost their jobs yesterday, the rest may be cut around June or July.
The jobs being cut are staff or non-production positions.
Company officials say they'll offer the affected employees production jobs.
The cuts will leave V-F Imagewear with 27-hundred workers in the Martinsville area.
V-F also is cutting jobs in Florida, North Carolina and Texas.
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An American sentenced to 20 years in prison for spying in Russia may still be home in time for the holidays. We'll have the latest details after this break.
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[VO] Also one person is dead and three are still trapped as an apartment house collapses in Los Angeles.
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One person was killed and 20 others injured when a two story apartment building collapsed in Los Angeles this morning.
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Officials say they're not sure what caused the collapse, but witnesses say it happened after a possible explosion.
The building is in one of the city's older neighborhoods and officials aren't ruling out structural failure. Upper floor units at the front of the building collapsed onto the ground floor.
One man is dead- he was trapped between floros in what may have been a stariwell.
Special urban rescue teams are plotting how to free two to three other people possibly trapped in the rubble.
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It is possible convicted spy Edmond Pope may be home by the holidays.
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Russia's presidential pardons commission has recommended that Russian president Vladimir Putin pardon Pope because of his ill health.
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The President usually abides by the committee's recommendations.
Pope is an American businessman and former naval officer who is suffering from bone cancer.
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((CHERYL POPE/EDMUND POPE'S WIFE: NO ONE'S BEEN ABLE TO SEE HIM SINCE THE VERDICT WAS READ AND I'M VERY CONCEREND THAT HOW HE'S HANDLING THAT AND IF HE KNOWS WHAT'S HAPPENING.))
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It was Wednesday that Pope was convicted of spying and sentenced to 20 years in prison. He maintains his innocence.
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It's the only holiday display that's caught the attention of the American Civil Liberties Union so far this year.


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A-C-L-U lawyers were looking into a nativity scene door decoration in the public lobby of the State Board of Elections in Richmond.
The religious theme was clear by the lettering under the baby Jesus manger scene: "He's the reason for the season."
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((KENT WILLIS/VIRGINIA ACLU: INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYEES HAVE A RIGHT TO THEIR OWN RELIGIOUS EXPRESSION. AND IF YOU WANT SOMETHING ON YOUR DESK OR ON YOUR WALL IN YOUR OFFICE THAT IS AN EXAMPLE OF YOUR RELIGION, THAT'S PERFECTLY OKAY.))
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But the A-C-L-U says the religious display was a problem because of its publicly visible location.
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Since we photographed the display yesterday, the State Board of Elections staff removed it.
The Governor's Secretary of Administration Bryan Slater says the administration was prepared to defend it in court.

But the employees chose to move the display out of the public eye to avoid further controversy.


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It's been two months since a Roanoke family claimed it found a mouse inside a box of chicken from Kentcuky Fried Chicken.
And soon test results should be revealed that determine whether the mouse actually came from the restaurant.
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It was early October, when LaTasha and Lonnie Cummings say they uncovered what they believed was a cooked mouse inside the box of chicken from K-F-C on Melrose Avenue in Roanoke.
J-R-N Incorporated- the company that owns the restaurant- paid for the mouse to be tested and had it sent to a private lab.
The Vice President of J-R-N told News 7 that the lab tests are finished -- but the company still does not have the report yet.
He says the report is still being finalized -- but should be done soon.
Once that happens he says the results will be made public within a few days.
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The Consumer Credit Counseling Service says Americans are forgetting that credit cards aren't money.... especially around the holidays.
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Paying the minimum balance on a 17-hundred dollar credit card bill could take you 22 years to pay off.
Counselors say college students are prone to overspending.
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Publicover recommends monthly money management courses. The counseling service provides them free of charge.
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Still to come on the newscast, Leo will join us with the weekend forecast,
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and we'll see how fans across the globe are remembering John Lennon on the 20th anniversary of his death.
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Today is the 20th anniversary of the death of John Lennon.
Fans in America as well as London are remembering the former Beatle.
Richard Roth has more from London.
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(((NEW YORK DECEMBER 8, 1980 - BBC MATERIAL) IT WAS TWENTY YEARS AGO TODAY THAT LENNON WAS SHOT AND KILLED IN NEW YORK. THE BEATLES HAD DISBANDED TEN YEARS BEFORE HIS DEATH.

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EVEN SO, TIME HAS HARDLY ERODED THE GROUP'S POPULARITY, THE MUSIC'S GRIP ON POPULAR CULTURE, OR LENNON'S OWN STATUS - AS AN ICON.

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NARR: WITH THE BEATLES HE WROTE SOME HUNDRED AND FIFTY SONGS THAT MADE HISTORY OR GAVE CULTURE AND CURRENT EVENTS A MELODY AND A BEAT. AND IF HIS EXPERIMENTS WITH THE AVANT-GARDE NEAR THE END OF HIS LIFE PUT A DISTANCE BETWEEN LENNON AND SOME OF HIS ADMIRERS, TIME HAS NARROWED THE GAP.

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had moved away from our thinking, he moved away from us physically so it's all the more remarkable now that 20 years later the further we get from john and the beatles the bigger they become.

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NARR: SO BIG NOW THAT A NEW COMPILATION OF BEATLES HITS CALLED "ONE" HAS BECOME NUMBER ONE ON MOST RECORD CHARTS, AND IT'S HARDLY CONSIDERED A SURPRISE.
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Hardy fans of John Lennon braved snow and chilly temperatures as they gathered this morning in the Strawberry Fields park in New York city.
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By late morning about 50 fans from around the country gathered in a section of Central Park where Lennon was killed.

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Although the fans had hoped to keep the vigil going into Saturday morning, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani refused to waive the park's curfew despite a personal appeal from the lord mayor of Liverpool. The crowd will have to leave the park at 1 a.m. Saturday.
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Coming up today in sports, a long battle in the Virginia High School league is over. Roy Stanley will have the details,
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and a little later, we'll see a discovery that could cause conventional theories about the dinosaurs to go flying out the window.
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For months doctors have been leasing the former Lee-Hi Clinic, but on Monday several former Lewis Gale Clinic physicians will begin practicing at a new location.
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The doctors are moving into a brand new facility off of Braeburn Drive.
The new clinic will be called Braeburn Family Practice and Urgent care.
The 10-thousand square foot facility has 22 exams rooms and will offer on-site x-rays, and have a lab.
One doctor says while the transition has not been easy, it has been positive.
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Braeburn Family Practice and Urgent Care will have six physicians and two nurse practitioners. They will start seeing patients Monday.
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The Lewis Gale Clinic hopes to have the former Lee-Hi clinic re-opened by January 8th. It will offer urgent care. [Pre-pro]
There will be four physicians at that location.
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A new medical procedure has proven successful for an Indianapolis couple.
Now they are welcoming a new member to their family.
Twila Snyder has more.
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Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your two minute ticker.
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The Virginia High School League's three year lawsuit against 11 female athletes from the Suffolk school system is over. The VHSL has rea-ligned girls basketball and volleyball.
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girls single, double and triple A basketball will be played in the winter beginning the 2003-2004 school year.
The volleyball season will take place in the fall. Moving single and double A basketball to the winter is a concern because of the need for more officials, some coaches coach both the girls and the boys, limited gym space, and media exposure will be more spread out.
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While some double and single A schools do not favor the decision, at least one triple A school is happy.
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A decision on where to put tennis has not been made at this time.

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The 13 and 10 Express battles Greensboro tonight on the road. Roanoke will try and end a two game losing streak against an 8 and 13 Generals team.
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Coming up at six, more on the Express and we will continue to follow up on the VHSL ruling that has rea-ligned girls sports. Have a great weekend everybody.

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After years of false starts and delays, the renovation of one of Lynchburg's most historic buildings is officially underway.
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Officials with the Academy of Music have kicked off a 15- million dollar fundraising campaign that will restore the 95- year- old theater.
Nearly ten million of that is already on hand through pledges and tax credits.. and supporters hope the community will respond.
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((ARNOLD BREMAN/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: THERE'S A REAL INTEREST IN THE HISTORY OF THIS COITY AND I THINK THAT PEOPLE ARE VERY ANXIOUS TO SEE IT NOT ONLY FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT VALUE, BUT THE FACT THAT IT WAS REALLY ONE OF THE GREAT HISTORICAL LANDMARKS OF THE CITY AND IT PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN ITS DAY AND IT WILL PLAY A MAJOR ROLE AGAIN.))
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The Academy hopes to re- open early in the year 2003.
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Researchers in China say they have found the best evidence yet that birds evolved from dinosaurs.
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They found what may be the smallest adult dinosaur fossil yet.
The dinosaur is the Microraptor and it's only 15 inches long.
There's no evidence that it could fly, but the researchers believe it shares an ancestor with the first known bird.


The Microraptor belongs to a group of dinosaurs called theropods -- meat eaters that walked on two legs. Many paleontologists believe birds evolved from theropods. But the ones that have been discovered until now are too big to fly.
The Microraptor was found in a fossil-rich field in northeastern China. The 120
million-year-old fossil is described in the journal Nature.
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